The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada Movie Review Summary

Actors: Tommy Lee Jones, Barry Pepper, Julio Cedillo, Dwight Yoakam, January Jones, Melissa Leo

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This film was directed by Tommy Lee Jones in 2005. It won two prizes -Best Actor and Best Screenplay- in Cannes the same year.
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The best friend of Pete Perkins, Melquiades Estrada, an illegal Mexican vaquero, is found dead in the desert, with a bullet in his chest. Pete is the only one who tries to find out who's Estrada's murderer. A few days later, his girl-friend Rachel hears that the man responsible for the murder is a young Border Patrol agent, Mike Norton, who shot Melquiades Estrada by mistake.

Pete had one day promised to his friend Melquiades to bring him back in his village if he were to die in the U.S.A. Consequently, he goes straight to Mike Norton and forces him to disinter Melquiades. Then the two men, taking along the corpse of the Mexican vaquero, leave on horseback and cross soon the border in spite of the police officers who are right behind them.

During several days, Pete and Mike will wander through deserts and mountains, looking for Estrada's hometown. When Mike is bitten by a snake while trying to escape, Pete brings him to a Mexican town where a young girl cures him. But, the next morning, Pete forces Mike to follow him and to go on with their search.
The review of this Movie prepared by Daniel Staebler

Script Analysis of The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada

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Plot & Themes

Time/era of movie:    -   2000's+ (present) Wandering in wilderness    -   Yes wilderness plot    -   being chased in the wilderness

Main Character

Identity:    -   Male Profession/status:    -   cowboy Age:    -   40's-50's Ethnicity/Nationality    -   White American


United States    -   Yes The US:    -   Texas The Americas (not US):    -   Yes The Americas:    -   Mexico Desert?    -   Yes Small town?    -   Yes Small town people:    -   sinister, like an X-Files Gomer Pyle

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   explicit references to deaths Sex/nudity in movie?    -   Yes What kind of sex:    -   actual description of sex Any profanity?    -   Some foul language

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